Mayerling - what a beautiful ballet. One of the real gems of the Royal Ballet's repertoire and a ballet and a role that I've always wanted to dance. I was lucky enough to be able to perform the role of Countess Larisch( as a debut ), considered the glue that holds the narrative together. Rudolph's lover, the woman who procures Mary Vetsera for him and the character that appears throughout the ballet, orchestrating proceedings.
As much as I enjoyed my performance on stage there was also a performance off stage - constant changing of costume, hair, jewellery and shoes. I was astounded at the amount of work that goes into the characterisation of these roles behind the scenes. The costumers, milliners, make-up artists and designers deserve real appreciation for their role in creating my role.
Here's a glimpse into the off-stage performance.
THE HAT LOOKS BIG BUT IS ACTUALLY QUITE LIGHT, SO IT DOESNT AFFECT MY TURNS. ALSO, I CAN'T USE AS MANY HAIR PINS AS I'D LIKE AS THEY TAKE SO LONG TO GET OUT AND THERE'S NO TIME DURING THE QUICK-CHANGE.